Saturday 20th March 2004

Dvořák Serenade op 44 in D minor

Wagner Wesendonk Lieder

Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 3 (Pastoral)

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Dvořák’s D minor Serenade is one of the really great works in the repertoire for wind ensemble. We are delighted to welcome back Malmfrid Sand to sing the Wesendonk Lieder. Wagner had an intense relationship with the German poet and writer Mathilde Wesendonk, and set five of her poems to music. A wordless soprano also features in the last movement of the ‘Pastoral’ Symphony, which is close to the spiritual centre of Vaughan Williams and has intense passions running deep below its largely dispassionate surface.